Archive for Chris Hall

  • Panasonic HX-A500 pictures and hands-on
    Cameras

    Panasonic HX-A500 pictures and hands-on

    By 24 March 2014

    Panasonic today announced a new action camcorder, the Panasonic HX-A500. It follows the same design as the HX-A100 launched in 2013, offering a camera connected to a box that does all the technical stuff, but this time there's the jump to offering 4K...

  • Everything you need to know about BBC iPlayer on Chromecast
    Home Cinema

    Everything you need to know about BBC iPlayer on Chromecast

    By 19 March 2014

    As Chromecast has now crossed the pond to land in Europe, one of the headline features for those in the UK is support for BBC iPlayer. After connecting your Chromecast to your TV and setting it up - perhaps making a few router changes too - you'll be...

  • Got Google Chromecast? Got a BT Home Hub? You might want to read this
    Home Cinema

    Got Google Chromecast? Got a BT Home Hub? You might want to read this

    By 19 March 2014

    Google Chromecast owners with a BT Home Hub will need to make a change to their settings to get all the functionality out of Google's HDMI streaming stick. Setup for the Chromecast is very simple. It only takes a couple of minutes to register it on your...

  • Chromecast is now available in the UK for £30, BBC iPlayer support included
    Gadgets

    Chromecast is now available in the UK for £30, BBC iPlayer support included

    By 19 March 2014

    Chromecast, Google's smart HDMI stick, is now available to buy in the UK, retailing at £30. The device will let you turn any TV with an HDMI into a smart TV, giving you access to services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube on your TV.  You'll also...

  • Optinvent Ora smartglasses put Android on your face for €699
    Gadgets

    Optinvent Ora smartglasses put Android on your face for €699

    By 18 March 2014

    The Optinvent Ora smartglasses offer a full Android 4.2 platform that you can wear and are now available for pre-order at €699, shipping in May. Optinvent's glasses are independent, so rather than being a slave to another device, can be entirely autonomous....

  • Kiroco Touch jewellery lets you message loved ones via NFC
    Gadgets

    Kiroco Touch jewellery lets you message loved ones via NFC

    By 18 March 2014

    Kiroco has launched a new range of jewellery that will let you touch your smartphone to get a special message from your loved one. Called Kiroco Touch, the jewellery (that's jewelry for our readers in the US) contains an NFC chip that will allow interaction...

  • HTC One (M8) will be available in store on 25 March, confirms Carphone Warehouse
    Phones

    HTC One (M8) will be available in store on 25 March, confirms Carphone Warehouse

    By 18 March 2014

    Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that the new HTC One (M8) will be available on launch day, 25 March. The new handset will be announced by HTC on 25 March at events in London and New York, but Carphone Warehouse says you'll be able to buy the new handset...

  • What to expect from HTC Sense 6.0
    Phones

    What to expect from HTC Sense 6.0

    By 17 March 2014

    With the new HTC One (M8) launching on 25 March 2014, there will be a new version of HTC Sense, or so the rumours will have us believe. The new HTC One has seen more leaks than any previous device we can recall. We've see video demos, we've seen the...

  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review
    Tablets 4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 review

    By 17 March 2014

    When it comes to tablet strategy Samsung has saturated the market with devices of all sorts of sizes, with varying specs and running on different platforms. There's plenty of scope for confusion, as well as plenty of choice. Launched for 2014 is a new...

  • Xbox One Titanfall controller pictures and hands-on
    Gaming

    Xbox One Titanfall controller pictures and hands-on

    By 14 March 2014

    Titanfall has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles for the Xbox One, launching on 11 March in the US and 14 March in Europe. To commemorate the launch, Respawn Entertainment and EA teamed up with Microsoft to produce a special limited edition...

  • Kazam wants to challenge the status quo with affordable Android smartphones
    Phones

    Kazam wants to challenge the status quo with affordable Android smartphones

    By 12 March 2014

    Kazam wants to shake-up smartphones in Europe, James Atkins, CMO and co-founder at the fledgling company, told us today, saying that it was time to move on from the trend of "innovation for innovation's sake," and focus on what actually matters. Founded...

  • Huawei Ascend Y530 review
    Phones 3 out of 5

    Huawei Ascend Y530 review

    By 11 March 2014

    The Huawei Y530 is the latest handset from the company that's looking to deliver that smartphone experience without breaking the bank. Priced at £149.95 SIM-free, the Huawei Ascend Y530 is cheap for a 4.5-inch device, although it sits uncomfortably close...

  • First run: Puma Mobium Elite v2 review
    Sports Fitness

    First run: Puma Mobium Elite v2 review

    By 11 March 2014

    Running shoes are moving in new directions, exploring new technologies and materials, and Puma isn't going to be left behind with its new Puma Mobium Elite v2. The new shoe is the result of two years of research at Puma, looking to create a shoe that's...

  • Hive by British Gas review
    Home 4 out of 5

    Hive by British Gas review

    By 10 March 2014

    Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas. Hive by British Gas...

  • Sony Xperia Z2 release date and where can I get it?
    Phones

    Sony Xperia Z2 release date and where can I get it?

    By 10 March 2014

    Sony has announced its new flagship handset, the Sony Xperia Z2, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The new handset lands on 10 April with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset and 3GB of RAM. There's a huge battery...

  • The HTC Desire 310 might be more significant than you think
    Phones

    The HTC Desire 310 might be more significant than you think

    By 7 March 2014

    The HTC Desire 310 launched recently as an entry-level device. It's fairly easy to overlook it as incremental update as it arrives with specs that aren't hugely inspiring. But with it arriving just a few days after the furore of Mobile World Congress...

  • How not to sell smartphones: LG's genital-handed G Flex advert
    Phones

    How not to sell smartphones: LG's genital-handed G Flex advert

    By 6 March 2014

    LG has created a new advert for its bent G Flex smartphone, running under the title "the most human phone ever". The result is probably the most retch-worthy advert ever. Running with the "human phone" concept, that the curve of the phone fits that of...

  • Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on
    Cars

    Audi TT (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 6 March 2014

    Audi has pulled the covers off the new Audi TT Coupé, refreshing the car's design inside and out. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and we caught up with the new TT at an exclusive preview event at Audi City London. The new Audi, which will be...

  • HTC pulls HTC One KitKat update, some users 'experiencing difficulties'
    Phones

    HTC pulls HTC One KitKat update, some users 'experiencing difficulties'

    By 6 March 2014

    HTC has pulled its HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK, after reports that some users were "experiencing difficulties" following the update.  HTC moved swiftly to update the HTC One to the latest version of Android, with the HTC One being one...

  • Denon DHT-T100 review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Denon DHT-T100 review

    By 3 March 2014

    Speaker bases have appeared from all corners recently, their purpose to offer an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers but without the need for a full speaker setup or soundbar. Denon's DHT-T100 offering lives directly under the TV to keep it tucked...

  • Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with your car for mapping, music, messages, with Siri control
    Cars

    Apple CarPlay integrates iPhone with your car for mapping, music, messages, with Siri control

    By 3 March 2014

    Apple has announced CarPlay, which it calls a "smarter, safer and more fun" way to use your iPhone in the car. The new system will allow cars and the iPhone to work closer together, giving drivers access to mapping, music services and messages, with...

  • Fact vs fiction: How true were the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours?
    Phones

    Fact vs fiction: How true were the Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours?

    By 27 February 2014

    Rumour and speculation has become a huge part of a gadget's life cycle. Love it or loathe it, there's a lot of reporting on speculative details across the tech presses, from the smallest website, to the biggest newspaper. For fans it's a chance to get...

  • New Nook colour device planned as Nook sales plummet
    Gadgets

    New Nook colour device planned as Nook sales plummet

    By 26 February 2014

    Barnes & Noble's Nook (devices and content) segment saw a decline of 50.4 per cent compared to the same period last year, but there are plans to launch a new Nook colour device in Q1 2015, the company has revealed. Commenting on its Q3 results, Barnes...

  • HTC teases new HTC One in YouTube video
    Phones

    HTC teases new HTC One in YouTube video

    By 26 February 2014

    With the floors clearing at Mobile World Congress, HTC has taken to YouTube to tease the next big thing, the new HTC One. HTC is poised to unveil its new flagship handset at an event in London and New York on 25 March 2014, giving the company a full month...

  • Best of Mobile World Congress 2014: The hottest new devices
    Phones

    Best of Mobile World Congress 2014: The hottest new devices

    By 26 February 2014

    Mobile World Congress is one of the largest mobile trade shows of the year, where most device manufacturers show off their latest and greatest devices. MWC 2014 was no exception, with the likes of Samsung and Sony both announcing a wide range of new devices...